Temporal Compression of Light

  • John K. Wigmore
  • Daniel R. Grischkowsky
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB)


The 5890 Å output from a CW dye laser was converted into a train of 0.5 ns pulses by frequency modulation and passage through a near-resonant atomic vapor delay line of Na. The theory of the process is discussed in both the time and frequency domains. Using a modulation index of 120 at a frequency of 17.8 MHz, we obtained values for the temporal compression ratio and intensity enhancement of 112 and 14, easily the largest that have been reported.


Compression Ratio Delay Line Instantaneous Frequency Modulation Index Pulse Compression 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • John K. Wigmore
    • 1
  • Daniel R. Grischkowsky
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM Thomas J. Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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